|Bid||2,225.50 x 0|
|Ask||2,226.00 x 0|
|Day's range||2,197.50 - 2,251.50|
|52-week range||21.17 - 2,418.50|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.85|
|PE ratio (TTM)||22.72|
|Earnings date||15 Feb 2021|
|Forward dividend & yield||1.15 (5.11%)|
|Ex-dividend date||04 Mar 2021|
|1y target est||22.17|
(Bloomberg) -- Workers at BHP Group’s remote operations center in Santiago rejected the company’s final wage offer, with the two sides now set to begin a mediation process in a bid to avoid a strike.Almost 97% of the union’s 203 members opted to strike in voting that concluded Friday, according to a union statement. Under Chilean labor rules, BHP now has the right to call for five days of government mediation that could be extended another five days if both parties agree.The workers provide control services to the Escondida and Spence copper mines from a center set up in mid-2019 in the Chilean capital several hundred miles away. While a strike may disrupt operations and stoke concerns over tight global supplies of the metal, BHP may opt to bring in replacements to keep the center running.A key sticking point in the wage talks is the workers’ demand to be considered part of the productive chain and therefore eligible for production bonuses, union President Jessica Orellana said. When the center was set up, staff members became BHP Chile employees rather than part of the workforce of the mining units.The negotiations are part of a busy season of wage talks in the Chilean copper industry, which accounts for more than a quarter of global supply. The risk of stoppages comes at a time of strong global demand as economies recover from the pandemic. Copper futures hit a record high on Monday.Without confirming that it planned to request mediation, BHP Chile said by email that it “trusts that a satisfactory agreement will be reached for both parties.”(Adds company comment in last aragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Iron ore prices have been gaining on the back of strong demand in China and supply concerns, which will reflect on the BHP Group's (BHP) results.
The world's top three iron ore miners on Thursday launched a competition to crowdsource efficient ways to deliver power to battery-electric haulage truck fleets as they strive to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The "Charge on Innovation Challenge", run by BHP Group, Rio Tinto and Vale S.A. with Australian mining services body Austmine, is looking for fast-charging concepts that would deliver around 400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity to truck fleets at remote mine sites. The mining industry is looking to move its diesel powered truck fleets to electric to cut emissions.